Malindo Air plans to launch 12 routes in first year

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Malindo Air is targeting to launch services to 12 destinations within its first year of operations.

Of these, up to four will be on international routes, its chief executive Chandran Rama Muthy says in an interview with Flightglobal Pro.

He adds that the carrier, which is based at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, will start its first international service in June, most likely to New Delhi. This will possibly be followed by services to China and Indonesia.

Domestically, the Malaysia-based carrier is eyeing destinations in east Malaysia such as Miri, Sibu, Labuan and Sandakan, says Chandran.

Malindo, a joint venture between Indonesia's Lion Air and Malaysia's National Aerospace and Defence Industries, started operations on 22 March with services to Kota Kinabalu and Kuching. It operates two Boeing 737-900ERs and plans to grow its fleet to 12 aircraft by the end of 2013.

The carrier also has five Boeing 787-8s on order. When these aircraft are delivered in 2015, the airline intends to launch medium-haul services to destinations such as South Korea, Japan, northern China and Australia, says Chandran.